Kun Xie, SPE, was awarded the 2017 Nico van Wingen Memorial Graduate Fellowship. Xie is currently a PhD student majoring in petroleum and natural gas engineering in Northeast Petroleum University (NEPU) in China. Xie holds a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering and a master’s degree in oil and gas development engineering from NEPU. He has published 17 technical papers and applied for 11 patents. Xie also volunteers to teach other students on doing research and writing technical papers. The fellowship in petroleum engineering is supported by the SPE Foundation and is awarded to PhD-level students who intend to pursue a career in academia. Award recipients are nominated by the SPE student chapter faculty advisor or department chair.